When clients start therapy they are usually in some kind of emotional pain, i.e. they may be experiencing excessive anxiety, irritability, tension, sadness, self recrimination, low self esteem, or pessimism. They are seeking help because they cannot manage these feelings themselves and therefore they cannot progress in their life.
A.R.T. benefits clients by giving them relief from these painful emotions which they are stuck in. When they experience relief from anxiety they feel at ease and calm, when they get relief from anger they feel accepting and forgiving; and when they get relief from loneliness they feel loved and included. This is a powerful shift from being locked into fighting to survive to being able to experience joy and pleasure. Often clients will say they feel happy for the first time ever.
How is this positive shift achieved? A.R.T brings our emotions into balance: Instead of being stuck in survival mode, we move more fluidly from wellbeing to stress and back again as the situation requires. Clients are assisted to identify their emotions more accurately and express their emotions. This process releases old stress and results in a more balanced state of emotional wellbeing and emotional maturity.
At this point your clients will be ready to problem solve and make the necessary changes to improve their life, whether this may be a change of career, a re-think about their attitudes, or choosing new behaviours.